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Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The CVRD, Cowichan Tribes and the Khowutzun Development Corporation (KDC) have been dealing with this matter in secret sessions rather than being out front and accountable.


Burning garbage is a lazy shortcut to responsible Waste Management

Garbage incineration is contrary to any level of environmental common sense. It just creates a garbage dump in the sky over our challenged air shed.

All local government jurisdictions are involved in this especially the Cowichan Tribes, City of Duncan and North Cowichan whose residents would be the most affected.

Who is looking out for the health impacts?  This especially hard on chidren and seniors and those with asthma and other breathing challenges.

The Duncan area especially suffers poor air quality already during many parts of the year. Add this to the mix and we really will have unhealthy air quality conditions all year around.


This notice has been distributed through the community

The politicians at the Cowichan Tribes, the City of Duncan  and the CVRD have been dealing with this in secret sessions.

Surely someone in those rooms recalls that we burned our garbage in incinerators in the past and they were finally abandoned.

This is not the type of ‘Back to the Future’ scenario that we need folks!

How, pray tell is that in the public interest?

How would residents interests be harmed if they knew about these plans which have been underway for some time?

Who among our elected officials will stand up and reveal to taxpaying residents just what the hell is going on and why they are huddled together discussing this in private?

Only private interests and the comfort and convenience of the those elected to represent us are served by this behaviour.

Open the doors, let the sunshine in and work together in the ‘Public Interest.’

Our elected types had better shake their heads and remember who they were elected to represent the voting taxpayers.

Vote-Button-red-300x290-copyGarbage issues have seen many politicans, who ignored the residents, dumped at a wholesale level in our past in the Cowichan Valley.

Local elections will be held in November.  Our incumbent politicians had better decide where thie loyalties lie.

Out of touch politicians can be recycled too!

The Cowichan News Leader’s Kathy Santini filed this story

Incinerating trash is a waste of resources-David Suzuki


9 comments to
CVRD and Cowichan Tribes Politicians Discuss Plans For an Incinerator to be Built in Glenora-Residents Kept in the Dark!

  • This idea of incineration is an insane idea! Why are uber rich millionaires targeting First Nations communities? Snake oil comes in all shapes and sizes. The best snake-oil schemes and scams come from in secret meetings, limited stakeholder input, and untruths. We are guessing that the Cowichan Valley does not have a tourist industry. But if it does, building a garbage incinerator is one way to insure that the “local” tourist industry is destroyed! All residents of BC including First Nations residents, have a moral and ethical duty to protect our air, water and soil. get informed. There are way better alternatives than burning, that create way more local jobs that enhances, not hurts local tourism!





  • We at Zero Waste Canada are asking all candidates in the upcoming municipal and regional elections, to join with other taxpayers, voters and citizens of BC to come to Nanaimo on Oct 2nd-4th to the first ever “authentic” international Zero Waste conference ever in British Columbia, to learn about and share alternatives to Metro Vancouver’s proposed garbage incinerators.

    Informed candidates make informed choices/decisions. Please join with us to learn and share positive alternatives to incineration and land-filling. See you in Nanaimo. http://www.zerowastecanada.ca


  • Donnie Lanark


    Meeting in secret implies they don’t trust you to “hear” anything until they polish their story and their version of the “facts”. Secrecy is not welcome in my version of democracy. While I agree we should not be dumping our garbage in Washington I believe it should be an OPEN discussion. Because as you say “WE” should be responsible for it.


    Excellent points. What is to hide if it has nothing to do with them? My guess is that the CVRD are helping to coach Cowichan Tribes and create a positive proposal.

    I can’t wait to move out of this insane area. My taxes raised after a guy quits a job and gets $350000. A toxic dump beside a lake and now an incinerator in the middle of farm land.

  • If I go to the page you suggested at energyjustice.net, this picture is named “covanta incinerator mauritius.jpg”

    In fact, Mauritius rejected the biomass incinerator and it was never built. http://www.no-burn.org/article.php?id=734

    Further more, biomass means “biological material derived from living, or recently living organisms. In the context of biomass for energy this is often used to mean plant based material, but biomass can equally apply to both animal and vegetable derived material.”

    This is supposedly NOT municipal waste…..that the CVRD spends millions of dollars sending to someone else’s backyard.

    I am trying to keep an open mind until I hear the facts.

    That is all I have to say.

  • Kevin Logan

    From the Newsleader story:

    Glenora Area Director Loren Duncan, confirmed the subject had gone before the board earlier this year.

    “We’ve been discussing that in camera, which means I can’t talk about it,” Duncan said, adding the subject could be on the agenda for the CVRD’s next meeting, July 9. “I can’t tell you why they came to us. It will become evident at a later time.”

    Legal, land and labour issues usually go in camera, he added.

    Because the proposed incinerator would be on reserve land, the CVRD doesn’t have the jurisdiction to grant or deny permission.

    “We’re 100% out of it, we have nothing to do with First Nations land,” Duncan said.

    Why would there be such secrecy, in camera meetings dragging on for many months if as Duncan says ” We are 100% out of it.”

    Why would a board meet in secret and deliberate the matter for months if there is virtually no jurisdiction for which to exert? No approvals or permits, nothing. 100% of nothing no less….

    And then to go on and say ” I cannot discuss the matter…” why not if there is no jurisdiction , no decisions or approvals and nothing is before the courts? Therefor, nothing he says will impact anything, but it would be good as an elected representative to say things and do stuff, wouldn’t it?

    I guess its just more of that “Green Party” pragmatism the likes of which sees Duncan’s fellow Green, Andrew Weaver support pipelines and coastal refining, while dissing Enbridge,but “no comment” on the Eagle Spirit Pipeline and the David Black/Pacific Futures coastal refinery, all of which will open up offshore development. But its all good because its green and has mystical FN branding.

    Come on Loren…. speak up!

  • You know better than I do that in camera means I cannot speak to anything specific to this. My purposefully mild comment was simply to point out that showing a photo of a steel mill in Pennsylvania, further frightens people.

    It creates barriers to people to having an open mind in order to receive information that will allow them to make an informed decision either way.

    I agreed that it is important to ask questions. I agreed that everyone needs to be informed.

    And I stated that we create the garbage and that we must be responsible for dealing with it ourselves. Somehow.

    Not sure why you are biting off my head.

  • Today’s incinerators are a far cry from the beehive burners of 60 years ago.

    In Europe, where environmental regulation is far more rigorous than here, incinerators are in the middle of major cities

    Paris: http://tinyurl.com/kmzmlte
    Berlin: http://tinyurl.com/kcwjfd3
    U.K.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_incinerators_in_the_United_Kingdom
    Osaka: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelhut/6227056786/

    It is important to ask questions. It is very important to be provided with correct information. But leaping to conclusions as you have here with the photo of the belching smoke stacks is inflammatory.

    I do not know if incineration is the answer. But working on people’s fear is not helpful.

    We create the garbage. We should not be shipping it to Washington, out of sight, out of mind. One way or another we should be responsible for its disposal. We live in one world, after all.

    • Richard Hughes

      Who suggested Beehives? Nobody. Do you have information that such a proposed Incinerator is at the standards that you cite? I have asked questions for years on incineration Sharon and been through numerous pitches and spins. It does not go away like magic. Closer to home the GVRD has been in turmoil over expanded incineration there with a great deal of informed incineration shortfalls made public.

      Working in secret as this deal has been conducted and then looking at all the illegal dumping and burning that has taken place on privately owned native land does nothing to assure me that this is a viable option.

      We could be composting far more of our waste if the CVRD was not constantly trying to run Fisher Road Recycling out of town.

      What questions have you asked and why has this been done in camera? Here are some pieces reflecting political and health concerns in the Fraser Valley.


      And here is the sitution in Paris France

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